Yesterday I showed you how to sew your own crazy quilt fabric, embellish it with decorative stitches and cut out house and sky shapes. So let’s put it all together to make a table runner.
Now I get to use another great feature of the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine – the laser light guide.
Press the laser light button on the LCD screen. A red laser line shows on the fabric. By default, the laser light is in the middle, but it can adjusted to the right or left by pressing the + or – buttons.
For this project, the laser light should be in the center position.
- Place a white square over the top right corner of a crazy quilted rectangle, right sides together.
- Line up the laser line with the corners of a 2½” square.
- Stitch a diagonal line across the square, following the red laser line. Keep your eye on the line, not on the needle. Now there’s no need to draw a line before sewing. What a time saver!
- Cut off the extra fabric from the seam allowance. Usually, I just cut the extra fabric from the square, but because I’m using white fabric, the background fabric would show through, so I trimmed both layers.
- As you can see in the picture, I decided to make houses of different heights, so I just cut a bit off some of my 4″ x 6″ rectangles.
- Sew another white square on the other side of the house to finish the sky and create a roof for the house.
Cut 6 – 4½” squares from white. Sew a square to the top of each house block.
- On a design wall, arrange the houses as desired.
- Cut 7 – 1½” x 10″ white strips.
- Sew 1 strip between each house and at each end. Because the houses are different heights, the house row will look something like this.
- Trim the row to the desired height. Mine ended up being 7½” high.
- Measure the length of your house row and cut a white strip 3½” x that length for the snow at the bottom.
- Cut a gentle curve along one long edge of the strip. Lay the curved section on top of the house row.
- Pin in place.
I used a blanket stitch from the character/decorative stitch group to top-stitch the snow in place, but you can use a different decorative stitch if you wish. There are lots to choose from on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine!
- Turn the row over and trim the excess house fabric from the seam.
This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Crazy quilting and decorative stitches make a clever holiday table runner
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